Money Market Account
A more flexible and interesting account.
Higher Interest Earned + More Flexibility
Money Market Accounts (MMA) offer higher interest rates than traditional savings accounts and unlimited monthly withdrawals. This makes Money Markets an ideal option for anyone looking to earn more money and provide continued flexibility to grow their savings.
What is a Money Market Account? It’s a type of savings account that typically offers a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account. One of the main benefits of a money market account is capital preservation. Unlike investing in the stocks or other riskier investments, an MMA is designed to protect your principal investment. This means that your money is not subject to market fluctuations.
Earn More Savings: While traditional savings accounts may offer interest rates of 0.01% or less, money market accounts can offer rates of 0.50% or higher. UCCU money market accounts begin at an APY higher than a traditional savings account based on the amount of funds added to the account. As you increase your funds, the APY will also increase helping you earn more money. This may not seem like a significant difference, but over time, it can add up and help your money grow faster.
Please note that rates and fees are subject to change without notice.
Who Should Consider a Money Market Account?
A money market account can be a beneficial tool for anyone looking to save and grow their funds. However, it may be particularly useful for those who:
- Want to protect their principal investment
- Are looking for a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account
- Need easy access to their funds
- Want the peace of mind of FDIC or NCUA insurance
Additionally, an MMA can be a great option for those who have a large sum of money that they want to keep safe and earn interest on. It can also be a useful tool for those who are saving for a specific goal, such as a down payment on a house or a vacation.
How Do I Open a Money Market Account?
Opening a money market account is a straightforward process. You can typically open an account online or in-person at a bank or credit union. To open an account, you will need to provide personal information, such as your name, address, and social security number, and make an initial deposit. In person visits typically take 5-15 minutes.
Some MMAs may require a minimum deposit, so be sure to check with the institution before opening an account. You may also need to maintain a minimum balance to avoid fees or earn a higher interest rate. UCCU does not require any minimum deposits at this time.
What Other Savings Account Options Are There?
Typically, there are three main savings account you can use to grow your financial wealth.
- Regular Savings Account: A traditional savings account is a basic savings account offered by both banks and credit unions. It typically offers a lower interest rate than a money market account but may have fewer fees and requirements. The biggest difference between a standard savings account at UCCU and MMAs is the ability to withdraw cash directly. This can only be done in a Savings account, and cannot be accessed in a Money Market account. You would need to transfer your funds to a checking or savings account to withdraw cash.
- Savings Certificates (Also known as a CD): A Savings Certificates is a type of savings account that offers a fixed interest rate for a specific term, usually ranging from 6 months to 5 years. While a Savings Certificates may offer a higher interest rate than a money market account, it typically requires a minimum deposit and has penalties for early withdrawal.
- Unlike a Savings Certificates, which typically has a fixed term and penalties for early withdrawal, a money market account offers easy access to your funds. Most MMAs come with a debit card or checks, making it easy to withdraw money when needed. This can be especially beneficial in times of emergency or unexpected expenses.
- Additionally, many money market accounts allow for unlimited withdrawals, unlike traditional savings options, which may have a limit of six withdrawals per month. This means you can access your money whenever you need it without worrying about fees or penalties.
Are All Money Market Accounts the same?
No. Every financial institution that offers money market accounts will have different interest rates and money deposited requirements. It is important to talk with your financial institution to make sure you are receiving the interest rate as they advertise it. Interest rates also will change over time either going up or down, therefore, being informed and updated is key when viewing interest rates.
Can You Withdraw Cash From a Money Market Account?
No. Money Market accounts allow unlimited withdrawals and deposits, however, you do not have an ability to withdraw cash directly from an MMA. In order to access the funds, you will need to transfer the funds from your MMA over to a standard checking or savings options. Once the funds arrive and are accessible, you will have the ability to withdraw the funds from the savings or checking account.